Government subsidises profitable duopoly so rich pricks can charge their expensive shopping trolleys

Smug bludger happy taxpayers supporting his lifestyle

The Government has handed over $800,000 so that Foodstuffs can provide their rich customers charging points for their over-priced shopping trolleys:

A new convert to the world of electric motoring is welcoming a plan to add another charging station to South Canterbury’s burgeoning network.

Energy Minister Megan Woods announced this week the Government had committed $3.74 million to expand the number of electric vehicle charging stations across New Zealand, in the latest batch of grants from its Low Emission Vehicle Contestable Fund.

Foodstuffs, owner of the New World, Four Square and Pak ‘n Save brands, has been granted $800,000 to install charging stations around its national supermarket network.

Temuka’s New World store is set to be the first location in the town to play host to a charging station, joining those already online nearby in Winchester, Pleasant Point and Timaru.

Foodstuffs South Island made an after tax profit of $11m in 2017, from a gross profit of $341m. Are they seriously telling us they can’t cough up $800,000 themselves to look after their own wealthy customers?

Timaru resident Steve Keenan, who bought his 2015 Nissan Leaf electric vehicle six months ago, said the decision to install a new charging point in Temuka would be useful for both district-wide commuters and those on longer trips.

“If you are travelling back from Christchurch or something like that and your level of charge was getting a bit dodgy, and you thought ‘I need to top it up’, it would be terribly handy then.

“And the ideal scenario for these kinds of cars is if you are working at Clandeboye or you are commuting from Temuka into Timaru, they are absolutely brilliant.

Not that brilliant, they can barely make it to 120km in range. My diesel truck wouldn’t have even used a quarter of a tank.

“If they have them [charging stations] dotted around in places like Temuka, Winchester, Rangitata, the more places they have them, the more convenient it will be.”

Keenan said while adding another stop on the charging network in Temuka was useful, adding a charging station to one of the parking spaces at Timaru’s Pak ‘n Save would be of even greater value.

“Most people do prefer to charge their vehicle up at home, but it’s just a matter of time before that changes as battery development is always going forward.”

Keenan said the current limitation on using the vehicles was the range of their batteries, something that would only be overcome with a giant leap forward to fuel cells that could travel 500-600 kilometres on a single charge.

Meanwhile, these bludgers, who don’t pay road user charges, are expecting taxpayers to fund new charging stations for their gay electric cars. If he wanted more range he should have bought a petrol or diesel vehicle instead of expecting taxpayers to fill the gap for his chosen form of transport.

Foodstuffs New Zealand managing director Steve Anderson said Temuka was one of 14 South Island supermarkets and 29 across New Zealand to benefit from a charging station.

Anderson said it was “answering a growing call” from customers “who are keen to reduce their environmental impact”, with the stations being rolled out in the coming months.

Answer it with your own money then…not taxpayers cash.

“Our business has made some astounding progress on a number of environmental issues to reduce waste, plastic and energy consumption.

Our owner-operators fully support this initiative, and their customers can charge their electric vehicles while they shop, which is convenient, time-saving and planet-friendly.”

So you have got a government subsidy for private profit and gain. Nice if you can get it. Corporate Bludgers. How about funding it yourself if it is such a good business idea?

We aren’t even past the 100 days of this government and the corporate welfare is flowing.



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